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14 City Squares You Totally Have To Visit

Out of all the nice places of a touristic city, the main squares are probably the most visited ones. Lovely, medieval, mesmerizing and crowded most …

European Travel

Trump's Parade Is Political Genius

Hours of free airtime that Democrats can't argue with? That's a pretty clever strategy.<p>It is of course no surprise that President Donald Trump’s suggestion of a military parade in our nation’s capital won quick and widespread condemnation from his many critics within the nation’s capital. And at …

Donald Trump

PyeongChang Prepares to Welcome the World: Pictures

Winter Olympics

South Korean president to meet North Korean leader's sister

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and other senior North Korean officials who are coming to the South on Friday for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.<p>Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom also said Thursday the North Korean …

North Korea

The Father of Otto Warmbier Will Be Mike Pence's Guest at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

The father of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, will attend South Korea’s Winter Olympics …

North Korea

Newly discovered Berlin Wall segment to get protected status

BERLIN (AP) — A recently discovered remnant of the Berlin Wall from the heavily fortified border's early days is being given protected status.<p>Monday's announcement by the city government's culture ministry comes on the day when the wall has been open for as long as it divided Berlin: 28 years, two …

Europe

Russian jet pilot 'pulled grenade pin' to avoid capture in Syria's Idlib

<b>Russian media have lauded a pilot killed in Syria as a hero, saying he detonated his grenade to avoid being captured by jihadists who had shot his plane out of the sky.</b><p>Roman Filipov's reported last words were: "Here's for the guys."<p>His Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft was shot down over rebel-held …

Middle East

Fidel Castro’s eldest son kills himself

The eldest son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro took his own life Thursday while living on the island his father ruled as president for more than 40 years.<p>Two Cuban government sources confirmed to NBC News that Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, 68, died on Friday morning following months-long …

Cuba

An Article of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump

There are good reasons to be wary of impeachment talk. Congressional Republicans show zero interest, and they’re the ones in charge. Democrats, for their part, need to focus on retaking Congress, and railing about impeachment probably won’t help them win votes.<p>But let’s set aside realpolitik for a …

Donald Trump

Roger Federer hangs on to beat Marin Cilic in Australian Open final

Roger Federer has won his 20th Grand Slam singles title, surviving a five-set test from a resurgent Marin Cilic in the Australian Open men's final.<p>Federer got off to a dominant start, taking a 4-0 lead in the first set. Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, settled down and fought valiantly again …

Tennis

Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty<p>It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away …

Blue Planet II

Aging At Record Pace, Brazil Faces Demographic Emergency

Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA<i>-Analysis-</i>A look at Brazil's recent demographics show a population that is aging at the fastest pace in its modern …

Demographics

United Airlines saves 170,000 gallons of fuel by using lighter paper on inflight magazine

What difference can an ounce make on an airplane?<p>If you are United Airlines, with 4,500 flights a day, an ounce can add up. The Chicago-based carrier said it recently began printing its inflight magazine, Hemisphere, on lighter paper, cutting 1 ounce from each magazine. It now weighs 6.85 ounces.<p>In …

United Airlines

U.S. government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country's deep political divisions.<p>For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar …

U.S. Congress

Plan to relieve Manhattan gridlock with tolls gains momentum

NEW YORK (AP) — Bumper-to bumper, horn-honking traffic through Manhattan streets is about as New York as bagels and Broadway. A plan to ease that problem is tapping into another mainstay of city life: high driving tolls.<p>The idea, called "congestion pricing," involves using electronic tolling …

Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed on Saturday that there was no ballistic missile headed toward the state, minutes after an emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to seek immediate shelter.<p>The episode came at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea, which has …

The US ambassador to London just contradicted everything Donald Trump said about the city

The United States and United Kingdom have enjoyed close ties that Winston Churchill called “the special relationship” — a camaraderie that transcends …

Burning tanker in East China Sea 'in danger of exploding'

China has warned of a potential environmental disaster as vessels battle a blaze on an oil tanker. Environmental experts have warned that if the …

North and South Korea Begin First Direct Talks in Years

SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea began their first direct talks in more than two years on Tuesday, starting a dialogue that raised hopes for a thaw after months of escalating tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.<p>The meeting between Cho Myoung-gyon, the South Korean cabinet …

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with …

A well-known English city might become the world's first zero emission zone by 2035

Oxford, England, prides itself on its plentiful number of bicycle commuters, as noted by its signs at the city limits that read, "Welcome to the city of Oxford, a cycling city." In a recent survey, Oxford came in second among British towns with 22 percent of locals riding three or more times a …

Alternative Fuel

Celebrating the Epiphany in Pictures

Baltic States

This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating

Google Maps is more powerful than you know<p>Most people who use Google Maps do so without much attention to detail. We just need the directions, the right subway route, or the name of that good sushi place. We don’t spend too much time pondering how Google got so good at mapping the world, and what …

Maps

Where to Travel in 2018, According to the Experts

Buenos Aires, Argentina<p>A new year brings with it a whole new list of plans—and for the intrepid traveler, a whole new list of places to visit. 2018 is no different: Economies and tourism are flourishing in far-flung locales that travelers rarely considered previously, while beloved but forgotten …

Bolivia

Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It’s making NATO nervous.

BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.<p>The apparent Russian focus on the cables, …

Russia

President Trump's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Has Sparked Rage in Palestine

(JERUSALEM) — Thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, demonstrators in the Gaza Strip …

Trump's approval rating at 32%

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's approval rating sits at 32%, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center, matching the lowest level in any poll on his approval since he took office in January.<p>The poll also found that disapproval of the President's job performance is at …

Donald Trump

Why Portugal’s the place all the cool kids of wellness will go to unplug in 2018

When I moved to Portugal last winter, I thought, sure, I might be happier there than I’d been in Brooklyn, but I didn’t realize how much <i>healthier</i> I’d …

California will burn until it rains — and climate change may keep future rains away

Dry weather looms ahead as fires rage across Southern California<p>Wildfires are spreading unchecked across Southern California, adding more infernos to the state’s worst fire season on record. A warm, dry fall in Southern California and strong offshore winds combined to create dangerous fire …

Weather

North Korea says war with United States is 'inevitable'

Pyongyang has said that the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula was now a matter of "when," rather than "if." North Korea's Foreign Ministry …

North Korea